MINUTES OF THE Bear Creek Primitive Baptist Association Spring and Fall Sessions ELDER W.C.EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate,N.C. J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C. 1920 MINUTES OF THE Bear Creek Primitive Baptist Association Spring and Fall Sessions ELDER W.C.EDWARDS, Moderator, Wlngate,N.C. J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C. Thirty-sixth Spring Session held with the church at Running Greek, Stanly county, N. C. on Saturday be- fore first Sunday in in May 1920. Also of the Eighty- Ninth Annual or Fall Session held with the church at High Hill, Union County, N. C, on Saturday before first Sunday in October 1920. s 1920 o- 2 \ BEAR CREEK ASSOCIATION. PROCEEDINGS, SPRING SESSION 1920. Running Creek, Stanly County, N. C. May 1, 1920. Assembled around the stand in the grove at 11 o'- clock A. M. Introductory sermon jreached by Elder W. C. Edwards. Text 6th verse of 9th chapter Isaiah. Intermission one hour. Then ministers and messengers present convened in the house. Song and prayer service conducted by Elder M. L. Riner, a visiting minister from Georgia. Elder Mills, the moderator, then resumed the chair and proceeded in usual order. 1. Called for the letters from the several sister church- es, lliese were handed in and read by Brother H. M. Baucom, the reading Clerk. 2. Elected Elder J. F. MillsModerator, and Elder W. C. Edwards assistant or vice moderator, and re elected J. W. Jones Clerk. 3. Invited messengers from Sister associations to seats. None present. 4. Invited visitins: brothers from Sister associations to seats. Elder Sam McMillon, of Abbotts Creek, Elder J. E. Adams, of Little River, Elder J. R. Wilson, of Dan- ville, Va., and Elders M. L. Riner and C. A. McCorkle, of Georgia, were present, welcomed and seated. 5. Appointed the following brethren on arrange- ment committee, to report ]^4onHay morning to wit: Elders W. C. Edwards. H. M. Wilhams, Brother H. M. Bnucom, with Moderator and Clerk. 6 That several churches sent up complaint against El- der T. M. Standly in his disorder, and as most of his churches failed to represent as usual by letter and messen- f>ers, and the complaints constitute non-fellowship; there- fore, the letters of complaint were referred to arrange- ment committee to investigate and report their findings Mondav morning. 7. That Elders T, E. Adams, M. L. Riner, Samuel McMillon and J. R. Wilson preach at the stand to- 3 morrow. Service to commence at 10 o'clock, A. M. 8. Adjournment to 9 :30 Monday morning. Benedic- tion by the moderator. SUNDAY, MAY 2. Service commenced at time appointed. Preachin«j first by Elder J. E. Adams — Text, 6th and 7th verses of 12th chapter of Revelations; second bv Elder M. L. Ri- ner — text, "The Lord established His Church upon the top of the Mountain." Intermission, one hour at noon. Third sermon preached by Elder Sam McMillon — Text, ^th verse of 9th chapter of Matthew. Closed bv El- der J. R. Wilson, — Text 34th and 35th verses of 4th chapter of Daniel. The preaching was in power and demonstration of the holy Spirit. MONDAY MORNING, MAY 3. Convened in the house pursuant to adjournment. Praise and prayer conducted by Elder J. R. Wilson. Then the moderator resumed the chair and proceeded. 9. Called on arran(j;ement committee to report. Re- port read and adopted. 10. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees an^i read Rules of Decorum. 11. That after the best possible investio-ption of the reports and complaints of disorder against Elder T. M. Standly, and since he has refused to lay down his "-ift, af- ter being: repeatedly advised to do so, by several breth- ren at different ^nnes, but still persists in pursuing a course that has certainly caused dissension, confusion and divi- sions in several of our sister churches; therefore, the as- sociation declares non-fellowship for him in such dis- order. 12. That Elder B. L. Treece and the other messen- gers from Mountain Creek named in their letter be seat- ed and recognized as the church at Mountain Creek. 13. Called on corresponding?; messengers to sister as- s;)C!ntinTis to report. Brother J. F. Burrus reported that he and brother J. W. Jones attended the Salem associa.- 4 tlon as appointed and were received and had good meet- ing. Also Elder H. M. Williams attended Salem. Eider W. C. Edwards attended the Mill Branch association and was received. At this session we received and distributed minutes from Senter, Abbott's Creek, and Salem associa- tions. 14. Called on messengers from sister, associations to re- port. None present. We had as visitors, besides the ministers before mentioned, Brothers T. H. Bentley, r^" Silver Creek; T. J. Greer, of Salem; H. E. Walser, Pi::k Br();i(]awav and C. B. Owen, of Abbott's Creek. 15. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder Vv^". C. Edwards reporteci that himself and Elders J. F. Mills and Henry Tavlor fofmed a Presbytery on Friday be tore 4th Sunday in October, 1919, at High Hill church, and ordained brother D. S. Tones to the work of the ministry. 16. That we return thanks to God, and the brethren, ^sisters and good friends of the community for their kind- ness and hospitality during this meeting. 17. Adjourned in order to time and place mentioned in our last minute. Benediction by the Moderator. Elders J. E, Adams and J. R. Wilson preached at the stand ^\'hile the association was in session in the hoi sc. ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator, . * ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Vice Moderator, T. W. JONES, Clerk. 5 MESSENGERS— SPRING SESSION, 1920.. Albemarle — N/ot represented. Bear Creek — Not represented. Bethany — Represented by letter. Brooms Grove— Elder H. M. Williams, E. S, Huneyeutt*, J. J, Huneycutt*. Concord— Elder W. R. Helms, J. F. Burnis, M. A. Helms, Clarks Grove— E. Barbee, S. B. Tucker, R. M. Hatley. Crooked Creek— W, D. Benton, D. A. Simpson, H. E. Rowell. Flat Lake— C R. McLendon, D. P. Dunn. Freedom— Not represented. High Hill— J. J. Hill. W. M. Clontze, C. A. He^ms. Hifth Ridft-e— Elder W. C. Edwards. John Smith, J. P. Rushing-. Howards Chanel- P. A. Howard, M, F. Coble. R. B. Burrus. Ger-usalem — W. H. Curlee, T. F. Mills, Sandv Brewer. Jones Hill — Henry Howard. Jonah Morton. Walter Greene. Liberty— Elder H. Taylor, J. B. Whitley, Edmond Privitt*. Liberty Hill— Not represented. Lawyers Springs — J. W. Jones, C. B. Edwards, H. M. Bauconi, Meadow Creek — Not represented. Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Treece, J. C. Miller, W. R. Morton, New Zion — W. A. Helms. Pleasant Grove — E. Mullis, L. L. Griffin, Hiram Godwin. Pleasant Hill— J. M. Taylor, J. M. Hartsell, H. P. Cashion^ Philadelphia — Not represented. Running Creek— J. II. McClure, W. H. Hatley, J. D. Eurcy. Union Grove— T. A. McClellan, T. F. Hill. L. W. Medlin. Watson — W. A, Hargett, E. C. Williams, Troy Simpson. Absentees, marked thus (*). MESSENGERS— FALL SESSION, 1920.. Bear Creek — A. J. Furr, Jason Endy, J. A. Barbee. Bethany — By letter and contribution. Brooms Grove — Elder H. M. Williams, E. S. Huneycutt. Concord — Elder W. R. Helms, J. F. Burrus, M. A. Helms, Clarks Grove— E. Barbee, S. B. Tucker. Crooked Creek— W. D. Benton, L. L. Little, H. E. Rowell Flat Lake— D. P. Dunn*. C. R. McLendon. Hig-h Hill— Elder D. S. Jones. J. J. Hill, W. M. Clontz. High Ridge— Elder W. C. Edwards, Dannie Thomns, J. T> Rushing. Howards ChapG^ — Thomas Howard, M. F. Coble, P. A. Howard. Jerusalem— W. H- Curlee, E. W. Helms, Fnlton Curloe. Jones Hill — Walter Greene, A. A. Morton, Jonah Morton. Liberty — Elder H. Tavlor, J. B. Whitley, Oscar Broom. Liberty Hill— J. T. Triscoe, J. C. Morton*. Lawyers Spnng — J. W. Jones, H. M. Baucom, W. A. Dry. Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams. Mountain C'-eek — Elder B. L. Treece, J. C. Mille WilTe Moi-ton. New Zion — W. A. Helms, Willie Coley. S M. Underwood". P'easant Grove— Elder J. F. Mills, A. M. Helms, E. Mullis. Pleasant Hill— E. J. Liles, J. M. Stamper*, J. M. Ha tsoll*. Philadelphia — F. N, Gardner, Julius Beam, Foster Beam. Runninp- Creek — J. D Hunevcutt, J. D. Enrey, R. F. Almond*. Union Grove- S. D. Outen. F. L. Baucom A. E. J W-\ Watson— Troy Simpson, W. A. Hargett, E. C. Williams. Absentees marked thus (*). 6 BEAR CREEK ASSOCIATION. FALL SESSION, 1920. High urn, Union County, N. C. October 2, 1920. Assembled at the stand in the grove at 1 1 A. M., and Introductory sermon delivered by Elder A. G. Morton^ from 21 St verse of first chapter of St Matthew. Intermission ont hour. Then convened in the house. Praise and prayer by Elder D. G. Staples, a visitor. Elder Mills then took the chair and proceeded in our usual order. 1. Called for the letters from our several churches. These were handed in and read by brother H. M. Bau- com, reading clerk. 2. Elected Elder Walter C. Edwards Moderator with Elder I- F. Mills vice moderator, and J. W. Jones Clerk. ' 3. Invited visiting corresponding messengers from sis- ter associations to seats. Elder Sam McMillon present from Abbott^s Creek and seated; also Elder Gallemore. Elder J. A. Cave present from Senter and seated. Min- utes from Abbott's Creek, Mountain District and Silver Creek, W. A. Bentley, J. R. Moore, S. W. Young and T. H. Bentlev, of Silver Creek, present and seated, also brother B. F. Harrilson of Mill Branch. 4. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to scats. The following were pt-esent, welcomed and seat- ed : from Fisher's River. Elder J. W. Royal; from Chattanooga, Tenn., Elder R. O. Raulston; from Prince William Association, of South Carolina, Elder J. W. An- derson and brother J. T. Rivers; from Mayo Associa- tion, Elder D. G. Staples; from Abbott's Creek, Brothers S. D. McMillon and Pink Broadawav; from Salem, El- der A. G, Morton and Brother T. J. Greer; from Upper . Country Line, Elder O. J. Denny. 5. Appointed on arranp-ement committee, Elder B. L. Treece and Brothers J. J. Hill and W. A. Helms, with moderator and clerk. 6. Appointed on Finance committee, Brothers H. M. Baucom and P. A. Howard. 7 7. By request of the association, the moderator and clerk acted as committee on preaching for Sunday and Monday. They selected for Sunday Elders R. O. Raul- ston, J. W. Anderson and O. J. Denny for forenoon, El- ders D. G. Staples and |. M. Royal afternoon. For Mon- day Elders J. A. Cave, W. R. Gallemore and Sam Mc- Millon. 8. AdjornTied to 9:30 Monday morning. Benediction by Elder Mills. SUNDAY MORNING, OC l OBER 3. AssemhlvMl around the stand at 10 A, M., and preach- ing by irsiiiisters as arranged. First by Elder R. O. Raulslor,, from 21st verse of 5th chapter St John, follow- ed by Elder J. VV. Anderson, frf)r i 39th verse of second chapter of Acts, then foUov cd Elder O. ). Denny, irom last verse of 54th chapter o^' fsaian. Recessed one hv>ur for dinner. Then Elder D. C. Staples preached from ISth and 19th verses of 1st chapter St. Peter, followed by Elder T- M. Royal, who started out by repeating this scripture, "it is bv the grace of God that I am what T am." There were present a vast concourse of people and the oreachin.o- was sound, well delivered and very soul cheer- ing. The behavior was so attentive and good that in clos;n;j the moderator thanked and complimented such commendable conduct by the congregation present. MONDAY MORNING, OCT. 4. Reconvened pursuant to adjournment. Praise and prayer by lOder j. A. Cave, a visitor. 9. Call'."] for report from arrangement committee, re- port read and adopted. 10. Called r')ll of messengers, noted absentees and read rules of decorum. H. Called on corresDondino- messen'^ers to sister as- sociations to report. Elder W. R. Helms reported that himself and Elder H. M. Williams attended the Silvei Creek association and had good meeting. Elder Mills and others attended Abbott's Creek and were recei^/ed. 12. Called on corresnonding messen^»-pro from sister associations to report. Brother J. R. Moore reported s that peace abounded in Silver Creek. 13. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder W. R. I4elms reported that himself and sorne brother deacons formed a Presbytery at Bear Creek on Saturday before first Sunday in August 1920 and ordain- ed brother J. A. Barbee a deacon for that church. Also Elder B. L. Treece reported that himself and Elder W. R. Helms and some brother deacons formed a Presby- tery at Mountain Creek on 13th day of August 1920 and ordained brother J. C. Miller a deacon for that church, Then Elder J. F. Mills reported that himself and Elder iSam McMiilon formed a Presbytery at Watson, on Fri- day before second Sunday in August 1920 and ordained brother Troy Simpson a deacon for that church. 14. That we open correspondence by sending minutes and messengers, when convenient, with the Nolachuckey Primitive Baptist Association of Tennessee, and continue correspondence as usual with other sister associations. 15. That the brethren from Liberty Hill and Mead- ow Creek who are here with letters be and they are rec- ognized by this association as being the true and orderly body or church at Liberty Hill and Meadow Creek. 16. We now withdraw from our roll of sister church- es, "Albemarle" and Freedom". 17. The association orders the following published in these minutes : With regret, in our Spring Session last May, at Run- iiing Creek, this association found that Elder T. M. Standly had brought strife and division among a number of our churches and that his attitude and conduct toward those who disaQ;reed with him had been very stubborn,, over bearing and unbrotherly and that to such degree, as to destroy fellowship and peace. The Association then deemed him in gross disorder, and withdrew from h'm in such course. Since then he has continued his efforts to divide the Primitive Baptists of our Association into a separate party in his disorder, and since the churches in order who are members of this Union of churches have considered him and his followers, and become fully con- vinced of his and their ' disorder, and have sent in letters to this session declaring non-fellowship 9 for him and his f(3]l()wers ; therefore the association now pronounces Elder Standly and his followers in dis- order and declares non-fellowship for them. 18. The association advises our churches to receive and recognize the members of the divided churches, who desire fellowship or membership in our orderly churches, provided they were members in good standing in their church before disorder existed and that they give the ^church satisfaction as to their conduct since that time. 19. Called on Treasurer to report — Report showed $1.40 deficit after expenses and allowances were paid last year. 20. Called on finance committee to report— Thev re- ported sent up this year for minutes and associational purposes __ __ __ __$107.35 Due Treasurer from last year __ 1.40 Available Fund 105.95 Cjiven to ministers of this fund 49.00 In Treasury at close of meeting __ __ 56.95 21. That our next Spring Session be held with the church at Jones Hill, Stanly County, N. C. (near Oak- boro) commencing on Saturday before first Sunday in May 1921 and that Elder W. C. Edwards preach the In- troductory sermon, Elder Mills alternate. Service 1 1 A. M. and thnt the annual or Fall Session be held with the church at Philadelphia, Rutherford county, N. C. (near l\llenboro) and commence on Saturday before first Sun- day in October 1921 and that Elder B. L. Treece preach the Tntrod'ictory sermon — Elder Henry Taylor alter- nate. Service at 1 1 A. M. 22. Appointed correspondents with Sis^-'^r Associa- tions as follows — To Abbotts Creek: Elder H. M. Wil- liams, brother J- F. Burrus and minutes. To Mill Branch : I^lders J- F. Mills, H. M. "^^^illiar^s nnd brotb^^-s '"nlvin Mills and T- F. Burrus and file of minutes. To Salem: Elder IF M. Williams, brother J. F. Burrus and minutes. To Senter : File of minutes. To Silver Creek : Elders W. R. Helms, H. M. Williams, Foster Beam, J. F. Burrus and minutes. To Mountain District: File of minutes. 10 To Nolachuckey of Tennessee : File of minutes. 23. That the clerk serve as treasurer and have 1000 copies of these minutes printed and distributed and have ten dollars for his services. 24. That we return thanks to God and Hig-h Hill church and all brethren, sisters and friends of this com- munity for their kindness and hospitality to us during this ^meeting. 25. Adjourned in order to times and places abo\e mentioned in these minutes, after the following was read in open and approved and ordered printed. Short, but very feeling and appropriate prayer by the moderator. Elders J. W. Anderson, D. G. Staples and R. O, Raul- ston preached at the Saturday evening services and on Monday the preaching service at the stand was conducted by Elders J. A. Cave, W. R. Gallemore and Samuel Mc- Millon. This was a pleasant and good meeting, all in peace, union and Sweet Christian fellowship. ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate, N. C. ELDER J. F. MILLS, Vice Moderator, Marshville, N. C. J. W. JONES, CLERK and Treasurer, Peachland, N. C, R. No. 2 11 STATISTICAL TABLE FOR 1920. s ft t3 c! o ^ C CHURCHES xperienct id BaptiE eceived y Letter estored ismissed y Letter xcluded eceased [embershi 42 +e p. g ? X Q Bear Creek 1 4 2 18 $ 3.00 Bethany __ 3 1.00 Brooms Grove _ 2 5 1.00 Concord 1 1 2 1 18 2.00 Clarks Grove 1 3 16 2.00 Crooked Creek 3 1 28 5.00 Flat Lake __ 9 3.10 High Hill __ _ 1 1 29 10.00 High Ridge 5 2 27 4.60 Howards Chapel 2 25 3.00 Terusalem __ __ 1 1 ■i I 27 6.00 Tones Hill 1 25 3.25 Liberty _____ 1 1 1 18 2.80 Liberty Hill __ 10 4.00 Lawyers Spring 1 39 10.00 Meadow Creek 11 2.00 Mountain Creek 9 2.50 New Zion __ 3 1 12 2.50 Pleasant Grove 1 1 .3 1 1 1 36 12.70 Pleasant Hill __ 22| 3.00 Philadelphia __ 1 131 2.40 Running Creek 1 21 1 3 1 21 1 4.00 Union Grove __ 1 21 1 1 1 33 1 11.25 Watson _____ 1 1 \ 1 1 17 1 6.25 TOTALS __" 1 18| 5 " 7 19 11 471|107.35 12 CHURCHES. CLERKS AND THEIR POSTOFFICES, 1920. Bear Creek — J. A. Barbae, Route 1, Oakboro, N. C. 1st August Bethany — Miss Jane P. Jones, R. A, Wadesboro, N. C, 3rd Aue;u3t Brooms Grove — J. P. Huneycutt, Monroe, N. C, . . __ 4th Sept. Concord— M. A. He^ms, Chestnut St., Kanapolis, N. C. 1st Sept. Clarks Gxove— E. Barbee, Route 2, Stanfield, N. C. 2nd July Crooked Creek— H. E. Rowell, Route 1, Indian Trail, N. C. 3rd July Flat Lake— C. R. McLendon, Route 1, Mt Gilead, N. C. Hio-h Hill— D. S. Jones, Route 2, Monroe, N. C, __ 1st September High Ridge— J. B. Medlin, Route 1, Marshville, N. C, 3rd July Howards Chapel — J. A. Hinson, Aquadale, N. C, __ 1st September Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, Route 2, Marshville, N C. . . 2nd Augua^ Jones Hill— J. S. Little, Oakboro, N. C. 3rd September Liberty— J. B. Whitley, Monroe, N. C. Liberty Hill— 4th July Lawyers Spring — H. M, Bauccm, Peachland, N. C. 1st August Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams, R. 7, Salisbury, N. C, 3rd August Mountain Creek — B. L. Treece, Albemarle N. C., __ 4th September New Zion — A. W. Helms. Route 7, Concord, N. C. 2nd September Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C. 2nd July Pleasant Hill— H. P. Cashion, Route 2, Barber, N. C. 4th June Philadelphia — Foster Beam, Ellenboro, N. C. __ 4th August Running Creek— J. H. McQure, Route, Mt Pleasant, N. C. 2nd Aug. Union Grove — L N. Medlin, Route 2, Monnoe N. C. "^nd September Watson— S. L. Mullis, Route 2, Unionville, N. C, . . __- 4th May NAMES AND ADDRESS OR ORDAINED MINISTERS, 1920. Elder J. F. Mills, Route 1, Marshville, N. C. Elder W. R. Helms, Mooresville, N. C. Elder H. M. Williams, Indian Trail, N. C. Elder W. C. Edwards, Wingate, N. C. Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. Elder B. L. Treece, Albemarle, N. C. Elder D. S, Jones, Route 2, Monroe, N. C. I INANCTAL STATEMENT FOR YEAR 1920 Left in hands of Treasurer 56.95 Communiore Sunday Sent up by the churches this year Deficit from last year $107.35 1.40 Available Distributed to ministers $105.95 49.95 DISBURSMENTS. Eor printing and mailing minutes __ $48.50 Allowance for Clerk's servise __ 10.00 ']\)tal expense $58.50 Due Clerk $1.55 13 RULES OF DECORUM. 1st, A Moderator, of Chief Speaker, and Clerk way be chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 2nd. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take his seat at the hour to which the Association shall be ad- i ourned. and after prayer shall proceed to business. Tt jshall be his duty to keep order, and shall be entitled to the isame privilege of speech as that of another member; pro- yided, he appoint one of the members to fill the chair dur- ing the exercise of such privilege, and in no case shall give a vote unless the Association be equally divided. 3rd. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at n time, who shall rise from his seat and address the Chief Speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, and shall not be interrupted unless he digress from the subject, and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, so as to make remarks on his slips and failings and imper- fection's, but shall fairly give his own views of the case wthout sophistry or criticism. 4th. No person shall speak more than three times on one subject without leave of the Association. 5th. No person shall absent himself from the Associa- tion without leave. 6th. No member of the Association shall address any other member by any other term or name than that of brother. 7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not in- terrupt one member to prohibit him from speaking until his speech is finished, except he break the Rules of Deco- rum. 8th. The names of all members of the Association shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often as the Association may require. 9th. Any member who shall willingly and knowingly break or violate any of the foregoing rules of this Asso- ciation, shall be reproved by the Association in any way they may think proper. 14 ARTICLES OF FAITH. Article !. We beliex e in one only living and true Godv the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. Art. 2. We nelicve in the man Jesus being the first of all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection in nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative un- ion with the divine word, and thus united with the whole Trinity. Art. 3. We belicA'c that the Scriptures of the Old an.l New testaments contain the only written revealed word God, and are the only perfect rule of faith anci practice for God's church in her militant state while here on earth. Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election^ that God chose his church in Christ Jesus before the world began. Art. 5. W^e believe in all mankind's apostacy by transgression in Adami, their federal head. Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recov- er himself from his fallen state by his own free will and ability. Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by o-race and before God by faith in Christ and his ris;hteous- ness only. Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy Spi'-!t in due time. Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in grace and never really fal^ awr"'. Art. 1 1. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup- per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that be- lievers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only pro- per communicants of the supper; that the mode of bap- tism is immersion, dnd that neither of the ordinances is to he altered or changed by the inventions or opinions of men. Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the gospel except such ?is are sound in the faith of the gospel, re!,!:ularly baptised, called of God and have come under the IS Imposition of hands by a regular Presbytery. Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment. * Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wick- ed will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eter- nal. Form of Government (or Constitution) of the Bear Creek Primitive Baptise Asso. Which was adopted in the date of A. D. 1832, and has been in vogue ever since. 1st. The Association shall be composed of members duly chosen by the different churches in our union and sent to represent them in the Association, who producing let- ters from their respective churches, certifying their ap- pointments, shall be entitled to a seat. 2nd. In the letters from the different churches shall be expressed their members in full fellowship, those baptis- ed, received by letter, excommunicated, restored and dead since the last Association. 3rd. The members thus chosen and convened shall be denominated the Bear Creek Association, who shall have no power to lord it over God's heritage, nor have any ec- clesiastical power to infringe on the internal rights of the church, nevertheless in some cases, it becomes necessary to have some uniform rule of proceeding, vis: When an offense may be CDmmitted by one church against another, we advise th^ church so offended to labor with the offen- der for snt-'^faction^ and if she fail of success, she may call in the aid of two or more churches in the union to assist in the labors, and, if finally, satisfaction in the opinion of the helps cannot be obtained, then the aggrieved church may l-rino- the case before the Association, whose duty it shall be to act on it; and also, when any serious difference may arise, in any individual church, which they all, after due labor had, cannot reconcile, we advise the church then to call in the aid of one or more churches in the union to as- sist in the work; and, if no satisfaction can be had, it may be brought before the Association, who shall act on it, 16 and further to illustrate the mode of proceeding in the above cases, reference shall be had to the 18th chapter of the gospel of Matthew and other Scriptures, which re- spect discipline for the bringing to trial, and determining T'H the case of an individual member of an individual church, and the Association will take cognizance of no case of the kind unless the above proceeding be had there- on. 4th. The Association wben convened shall be govern- ed by a regular and proper Decorum, which they are au- thorized to form for themselves. 5th. The Association shall appoint a Chief Speaker, or Moderator, from among themselves for the time be- ing, whose duty it shall be to see that the Rules of Decor- um shall be attended to, to take the opinion of the Asso- ciation on all questions properly brought before themr nnd a Clerk shall be appointed by the Association, whose duty it shall be to take a correct minute of the proceed- inq^s of the Association, keep a regular file of the minute-s, who shall be at liberty to choose his assistant. 6th. New churches may be admitted into this union who shall petition by letter and delegate, or delegates, on examination, if found orthodox and orderlv may be re- ceived and may be manifested by the Chief Speaker, or Moderator, giving the right hand of fellowship to the delegate, or delegates. 7th- Every church shall be entitled to representation in the Association, but shall not have more than three members from a church. 8th. Any query presented to the Association by any church in the union shall be read, on which the opinion of the Association shall be taken, whether it be considered, and if there be a maiority for taking it into consideration it shall be examined, otherwise it shall be withdrawn, nevertheless no query except such as relate to the gene:-al union, shall be received from any church which has not been deliberately considered in the church in which it originated and which they cannot get satisfaction. 9th. Every motion made in order and seconded, shall come under the consideration of the Association unless it 17 be withdrawn by the person who made it together with his second. 10th The Association shall endeavor to furnish the churches with minutes of their proceedings, and in order to enable them to do it in the most conveiient manner, if- is recommended that the churches should contribute such sums of money as they think proper and send by their messengers which, when received, shall be put into the hands of the Treasurer appointed for that purpose, and '^hall be distributed as the Associatiori may direct for the benefit of the churches. 11th. Presbyteries for the purpc^s^ of constitutin g cluirchcs or acting in conjunction with the churches, in or dainiiig ministers, or restoring those whose gifts ha\'e been, suspended by excommunication of their former func- tions, shall be composed of two or more ministers of the union. 1 2th. The Association shall provide for the general union of the churches, preserve a chain of communication amf)ng them, give them ad\'ice in matters of difficuUies, enquire into the cause why any churches fail to represen*: them,selves in the Association, appropriate the money sent by the churches for the Associational fund to any purpose they may think proper or necessary for the benefit of tlie churches, and appoint any member or members of the As- sociation with his or their consent to transact any business f.)r the benefit of the union which they think proper. 13th, The Association may withdraw from any church or churches that are disorderly in principle or practice. 14th. The Association may, at its sittins:, admit any distant brethren, Vv^hose principles accord with tlieirs, to sit with thenl, vv'ho shall be at liberty to tliscoursc upon any question and give lioht, but not permitted to vote ex- cept touching the general union. 15th. All questions should be determined by a major* tv of mem.bers present, except in the reception of churches, which should be unanimous. 16th. Two-thirds of the members form a quorum to do business. I7th. Amendments may be made to this form of g()\'- 18 ernment and to th'ls constitution— a majority of members being present. 18th. The minutes of the Association may be read and corrected, if need be, and signed by the Chief Speaker i;:Kl Clerk. 19th. The Association may adjourn to any time and place they may think proper.